Holiday Crossword

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By Mekenzie Shields

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Holiday Activities Checklist

by Aliyana Gonzalez

Wondering how to get into the Christmas spirit this season? Here are a few activities that you could do with your friends.

  • Invite some friends over and gather around a bonfire for some s’mores and a good time.

Inexpensive Gifts for the Holidays

By Donovan Clemon

Holiday gifts don’t have to break the bank. Check out these items, $15 or less, that emphasize it’s the thought that counts.

Stuffed plush animals ($4+)

Any gift cards ($10+)

Duck bill hats ($7)

Graphic socks ($6)

Homemade painting (free)

Ugly sweaters($15)

Candy ($2+)

Homemade cards (free)

Mini backpack ($15)

Gift baskets ($10+)

Craft Fair brings thousands to campus

—photos by Laramie Knox

Sponsored by Bell’s Family and Consumer Science Department, the Bell Craft Fair brings thousands of shoppers, vendors, and students together on the first Saturday of December.

This year’s fair on Dec. 2 featured a variety of vendors, a number of student helpers, and performances by campus music groups.

The craft fair, a Bell tradition, raises funds for the campus as well as individual student groups who help and run their own booths.

Bored over break? Check out these suggestions

H-E-B students have two extra days in this year’s Thanksgiving break. Looking for something to do with that extra time? Check out these options.

  • Attend the Downtown Fort Worth Christmas tree lighting at Sundance Square at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18.
  • Watch Stranger Things.
  • Read a book or two, such as The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini. (If you’ve finished The Kite Runner, there is also a movie you can check out too.)
  • Hang out with family and friends, relax, and catch up on your schoolwork. (Obviously you are going to try to have a lot of fun over the break, however it is important to stay on top of your homework, especially since it’s a week long break. You don’t even have to spend a lot of time studying; An hour a day can never hurt. And if you aren’t assigned homework, your teachers will appreciate it if they don’t have to spend a day to review material you may have forgotten over the break.)
  • Watch Breaking Bad in bed all day.
  • Recreate past family photos.
  • Eat out with friends at Abuelo’s.
  • Be kind to service workers in various restaurants and retail.
  • Go to Fort Worth and go to the zoo, and to Sundance Square.
  • Shop for Christmas presents.
  • Pre-purchase Christmas décor.
  • Go Black Friday shopping.
  • Have a family pie-making contest.
  • Make leaf drawings.
  • Help at a canned food drive.
  • Have a contest to see who can make the biggest leaf pile.

RAIDERS RESPOND: Halloween Traditions

What is your favorite Halloween tradition?

My favorite thing to do on Halloween is trick or treating because I like to hang out with friends.

—Malik Ali


One of my favorite activities to do is eating candy because who doesn’t like candy.

—Ana Cortez


Dressing up is the best part of Halloween because it brings me back to when I was a kid.

—Tejah Pernverton


I love candy!! Why? Because it’s sweet.

—Ruby Marinero


My family and I love putting up decorations all over my house and giving out candy to the children.

—Sammy Torres


Going to see very scary movies with my closest friends and giving out candy are my favorite traditions on Halloween.

—Catherine Radford


All I do on Halloween is go to my cousin’s house and just play basketball until the sun is down.

—Mohamed Awadalla


My parents don’t celebrate Halloween so I go out with my friends around 7 p.m. and come back at 12.

—Ninfa Luiao


My friends and I love going to costume parties and staying up all night.

—Mady Bishop


My favorite tradition is pumpkin carving because I like to express my creative side.

—Caroline Adcock

HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Outclass Keller’ pep rally

For the Keller pep rally Sept. 15, the theme was class colors, with seniors wearing white, juniors wearing Columbia blue, and sophomores wearing navy blue.

HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Hunt the Panthers’ pep rally


Students showed off their school spirit on “camo day,” Sept. 8.

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Student Council hard at work for Homecoming

by Aliyana Gonzalez

With weeks to go before Homecoming, Student Council is already inundated with the planning they have for the big week. Speaking with Holly Gregg, the Student Council sponsor, this organization is more than it seems.

When the student body thinks of Student Council, they primarily think of the fun relay race that’s performed at every pep rally, unaware that these students do more than just put together fun games.

During the time leading up to Homecoming, Gregg’s team has a long list of things to get done for the parade, such as: searching for convertibles to rent, delivering letters to businesses along the planned route, assigning the organizations their spots in the parade, deciding on an overall theme, and assigning hallways to decorate to each organization.

While all of this may seem overwhelming, Gregg says the most stressful is finding the convertibles for the Homecoming nominees to ride in during the parade.

Although Homecoming is a little different each year, one thing that is a priority to Student Council is inviting the mayor out to the parade. Gregg says the motivation behind this is to “bridge the school with the community.”

Right now Student Council is made up of approximately 40 students and is welcoming more. They meet up about once a month and an application is required to join; applications are available in Gregg’s room (H-18) or Lindsay Broom’s (E-14).


L.D. Bell: A Place of Culture

By Emma Foreman, assistant editor

From trips to Italy and Germany, to Spain and Portugal, the various programs and classes at L.D Bell offer a wide variety of opportunities to gain cultural and foreign experiences.

Last year, the IB classes of 2017 and 2018 travelled to multiple places in Italy, including Rome and Florence. Students were able to see some of the most memorable and historic sights in the world such as Vatican City, the Coliseum, and the Doma.

Kirsten Kinzlmaier, currently a senior at Bell and IB student, went on the trip last year.

“While being in Italy, I experienced the amazing aspects of Italian culture,” she said. “The food, architecture, and people there all caused me to open my mind up to the world.”

This year the IB class will be traveling to France and England.

Other organizations provide similar experiences like this for students, including the various foreign languages classes here at Bell who offer educational trips that are correspondent to each language.

It is experiences such as these that make the students of LD Bell globally knowledgeable and open-minded to the various cultures, people, and traditions of the world.